How to Lift and Block Houseboats for Storage?
(Fond du Lac, WI)
Typical houseboat blocking with multiple blocks.
How to go about lifting and blocking a houseboat for winter storage? I just purchased a 1969 Nautaline houseboat, 34 foot, single Chrsyler 318.
I was wondering about the proper way to go about how to block this houseboat for winter storage. I have received multiple "opinions" One "Expert: suggests most of the weight on the keel with just braces to keep it upright.
The second "expert" says the house boat has should have most of the weight on the chine, with just a foam block under the engine area.
I am confused, and looking to find the proper way to lift and block a houseboat.
Please help, Thank you in advance, Steve Reply - Answer
Well Steve, congratulations on your houseboat purchase, and the Nautaline's is a popular houseboat model with good interior and exterior space, and they still have traditional classic style.
As to the "proper method" to block a houseboat, I'm sure we will get many opinions on this. From my experience, I have always seen or tried to block my boat in a way that the weight is evenly spread
throughout the keel and chine.
Some of the important aspects to properly blocking a houseboat are to take into account some of the environmental issues like wind, and the ground stability. Nothing worse than going to see your houseboat and the wind or the soft ground has allowed it to topple over :(
It is my understanding that the keel or the chine should be able to handle all the weight of the houseboat, but from a "stability" point of view, boats are generally "blocked" all the way around.
If you're getting an opinion to block more of the weight on the chine, could be because the keel is soft, and they don't want to take the risk of damage? Has the houseboat, and the hull been professionally surveyed by a qualified marine surveyor?Lastly
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